Fred Munroe

Host of Central Coast Voices

Along with hosting Central Coast Voices, Fred Munroe can be heard guest-hosting other programs like the “Evening Blues”, “Basically Bluegrass” and “The Broken Spoke Folk Show”

Fred has successfully divided his time as a local entrepreneur, political leader, and communicator.  He owns and manages two local firms addressing personal travel planning and public transportation; Travel With Fred and Ridership Development Consultants.

Fred is a former City Council Member and Mayor of Grover Beach.  He has served on the San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments and the Coastal Rail Coordinating Council.  Fred currently serves on the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee for SLOCOG and is a member of ACTION for Healthy Communities.

He also co-hosted a program on KJDJ with insights on travel and leisure pursuits.  His travel column “Let’s Get Outta Here!” appeared in newspapers and on the Internet for many years.

Fred has been writing and offering commentary since he first volunteered at KPFK in Los Angeles in 1972.  His involvement with KCBX began as a volunteer for the Live Oak Music Festival almost 20 years ago.

Fred and his wife Sharon, also produce and host an Americana music, house concert series known as Musica Del Rio;, in Atascadero.  This series is now in its eighth season, having presented artists as diverse as Chad & Jeremy, Joe Craven, Blame Sally, Steve Gillette, Gilles Apap, The Waymores, and The Cache Valley Drifters.

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As California’s homeless population has grown, it has become an increasing concern in communities. Last year’s point-in-time count of California’s homeless populations exposed that about 130,000 Californians were homeless, about a quarter of the nation’s total. Contributing to the problem is the state’s chronic shortage of affordable housing. Working to address this issue, California created the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)-- a $500 million block grant initiative to provide direct, immediate aid to local governments to address California’s homelessness crisis.

Earth Day is a global event each year, beginning on April 22, 1970, when millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Today more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation celebrated by individuals, children, families, business, community leaders, governments and many others.

Woods Humane Society has been opening homes and hearts to homeless pets in San Luis Obispo County since 1955. Their mission is simple: to serve, protect and shelter homeless companion animals; to place animals into humane environments; to promote responsible pet ownership, provide humane education, and reduce animal overpopulation; and to celebrate the human-animal bond. Each year at their facilities Woods cares for over 3,000 cats and dogs until they can be united with loving forever families and their medical team has performed nearly 40,000 spay/neuter surgeries since its opening in 2007.  

Welcome to one of your new favorite film festival, where nature takes center stage on screen and blooms in abundance throughout one of California’s most scenic valleys. The upcoming NatureTrack Film Festival is located in the picturesque town of Los Olivos and will feature over 50+ films curated to “ignite passion for nature through film.” NatureTrack will also be offering docent led hikes for those wishing to take advantage of the abundant natural beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley for a more immersive outdoor experience. The local film festival is an extension of the nonprofit NatureTrack which introduces school children to outdoor spaces from the seashore to the inland oak woodlands.

The California Voting Rights Act has served as a crucial defense against voting rights violations but has recently been a source of increasing controversy. Hundreds of cities and school districts have been required to move from at-large to district elections, intent on improving racial representation. Some groups are now calling the entire Act into question, while others question whether Congressional-style district elections are up to the goal of achieving better representation for women, people of color and other under-represented groups.

Many economists would argue that the key to progress and therefore, happiness, is obtaining and enjoying material goods. The tiny remote kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, has taken a different approach. Rather than trying to measure progress by the popular idea of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), they are looking to measure it through Gross National Happiness (GNH), believing the goal of amassing material wealth does not necessarily lead to happiness.  

Broadcast date: 2/7/2019

Nationwide, dental care is the most prevalent unmet health need for children in low-income families and children with special needs. In San Luis Obispo County, close to 45 percent of children have cavities by the time they reach third grade—and that number increases to nearly 70 percent for children in low-income communities. For many, getting treatment for the resulting toothache is not simple: countywide, more than 12,000 children enrolled in Medi-Cal Dental lack access to regular dental care. Untreated dental disease is linked to problems with nutrition, speech, self-esteem, and even success at school, as children with poor oral health are nearly three times more likely to miss class time as a result of dental pain. Now, the county's Public Health Department is expanding its oral health program to ensure more children get the dental care they need.

Broadcast date: 1/31/19

Mental health affects everyone in some manner, however, individuals often hesitate to reach out for support. Early experiences and messages surrounding mental health can frame someone’s understanding of their mental health as well as others’ mental health. This can affect both their likeliness to seek help and feel hopeful about recovery, but also how they perceive mental illness in our community. Less than one-third of adults with a mental health issue will get help. Data shows that fear of others’ perceptions, as well as fear of discrimination are the main reasons people don’t access mental health services. With community education we can remove the stigma, and people with mental illness will more readily seek treatment. Recovery is possible--Up to 90 percent of those who get help are able to significantly reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Join host Fred Munroe and experts from the County of San Luis Obispo public health department as they discuss the consequences and impact of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918—the deadly virus that infected more than 500 million people, or one-third of the world’s population. It is estimated that at least 50 million worldwide died from the virus, and it took an estimated 675,000 American lives. Tune in to hear how advancements in medicine and disease prevention can help us prevent and prepare for future pandemic threats, as well as how individuals can protect themselves from the flu.

Broadcast date: 1/24/2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic. Also known as the  Spanish flu, the deadly virus infected more than 500 million people, or one-third of the world’s population. It is estimated that at least 50 million worldwide died from the virus, and it took an estimated 675,000 American lives. The CDC reports that the pandemic was so severe that from 1917 to 1918, life expectancy in the United States fell by about 12 years, to 36.6 years for men and 42.2 years for women.

Broadcast date: 1/10/2019

The 2018 midterm elections resulted in a new Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans maintain control of the Senate and the Presidency. It was a historic election across many fronts, with the largest number of women ever elected to Congress, and reform movements across the country changing the way that we elect our leaders. Inside Congress, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have a number of opportunities to cooperate on policies with bipartisan support, but will they? What happens to President Trump’s agenda?  And what does it all mean for residents on the Central Coast?

Broadcast date: 12/13/2018

Looking for something new to do during your holiday break? Have relatives or friends coming into town for the holidays? A new tour organization may have just what you need. Secret SLO is a new local business that connects the community to its culture and heritage through walking tours and by collaborations with artists and nonprofits.

Broadcast date: 11/29/2018

Continued changes to immigration policy under the Trump administration, including denying asylum claims, heighten enforcement efforts in the U.S., shutting out skilled workers and restricting family-based immigration, have immigrant families and children abroad and here at home on the Central Coast living in a heightened state of fear, anxiety and turmoil. While the immigration debate rages on, many Americans watch the news in disbelief, and yet little seems able to be done to alleviate the problem.

Broadcast date: 11/15/18

November 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Proposition 10, which established First 5 statewide and created guaranteed funding for services and programs that support 0-5 year olds and their families. To date, First 5 San Luis Obispo County has invested more than $32 Million in that effort countywide.

Host Fred Munroe speaks with guests Linda Belch, San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services Division Manager; Matt Pennon, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services' “Our County, Our Kids” recruiter and trainer; and Bekah Alexander, Family Care Network Inc. Program Supervisor for Resource Family and Adoption Services.

Broadcast date: 10/18/18

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." Lately there has been a new-found interest in peacemaking and conflict resolution, whether between individuals, groups, communities, or nations.

Broadcast date: 9/20/2018

The Central Coast Writer’s Conference has been helping new and established writers fulfill their dreams for more than 30 years. Considered one of the best writer’s conferences in the US, the goal of the conference is to make affordable, intimate and interactive workshops, teaching skill development in numerous writing genres and offer opportunities to build relationships with authors, editors and marketing professionals.  It is an essential destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers.

Broadcast date: 9/6/2018

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. As defined by the United Nations, “A Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.”

Broadcast date: 8/23/18

The face of homelessness is not what was once pictured a decade ago. They can be your neighbor, friend, relative or coworker once a tragedy strikes. Homelessness affects a community in many ways and empowering fellow community members by assisting them get on their feet and become contributing members of society again is beneficial for everyone in the community.

Broadcast date: 8/9/18

The job market in SLO is challenging. Much of the workforce is ‘underemployed’ and the county was recently ranked the sixth most unaffordable place to live in the United States. While tech jobs in SLO have increased 20 percent in last five years according to California Center for Jobs and the Economy, due in large part to the bustling startup scene and larger tech firms moving into the area like Amazon, local tech firms have found it challenging to source local high-skilled workers.

Celebrating Nature

Jul 26, 2018

Broadcast date: 7/26/2018

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros, a one of a kind garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature. The garden, which started in 1989, is home to a variety of plants and when the master plan is complete, the 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. 

Broadcast date: 7/12/2018

Established in 1990, The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival has been committed to providing professional, entertaining productions of Shakespeare's work, as well as other timeless and classical stories ever since. The Festival provides local artists the opportunity to work alongside visiting professionals and believes in the power of theatre to change lives-- Artists and Audience's alike. Part of their mission is nurturing future theatre going audiences by presenting live theatre in a beautiful outdoor setting, which adds to the rich and varied cultural community that the Central Coast already enjoys.

Broadcast date: 6/28/2018

A number of recent polls have shown that Americans believe tone and civility in politics are getting worse. The Institute for Civility in Government defines Civility as “claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”  They argue that civility is more than just politeness, but it is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. Civility is an important prerequisite for civic action.

Broadcast date: 6/14/2018

Poly Canyon Ventures  (PCV) is a San Luis Obispo-based non-profit that provides funding to Cal Poly student-run startups. It is composed of Cal Poly students and alumni who are passionate about helping startups grow and thrive on the California Central Coast. PCV is a strong proponent of socially and environmentally responsible business and investing practices, and its team works to expose these practices to Cal Poly students and the communities it interacts with.

Central Coast Voices

Jun 8, 2018

Broadcast date: 5/31/2018

In February, a U.S. Drought Monitor reported the majority of San Luis Obispo County was experiencing severe drought conditions. While March rain storms lifted parts of the county out of a severe drought, experts agree that all communities on the Central Coast need to be evaluating how they will make themselves more drought resilient. So what shape are our water resources in? And how can we make our County more drought resilient?

Broadcast date: 5/17/2018

Building a healthy community includes finding a place of belonging, building an identity and finding personal connections that become part of our story. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos has outgrown the house museum model and looked beyond to offer our community an unexpected place to find a personal connection. It provides a unique platform to understand life in California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time. The Dana Adobe and the 130 acres of preserved land engage the visitor in the sites ecological and cultural history and demonstrate how actions over time shape our future.

Broadcast date: 5/3/2018

Are you feeling stressed out by things in your life? Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, issues with employment, a hard time at school, financial difficulties, poor health, or even the death of a loved one. While some stress can be good for you, if stress becomes chronic it can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and even a weakened immune system. Stress has even been shown to contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Learning healthy ways to manage stress is vital for maintaining your overall health.

Broadcast date: 4/19/2018

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is the region's only professional opera company, and one of only four Grand Opera companies in the state. Productions boast full orchestras, choruses, ballet, and original, complete sets and costumes. They do this by collaborating with other non-profit organizations that share their vision of artistic excellence. Their diverse events range from elegant and intimate recital series to exciting educational experiences and spectacular grand opera and musical theatre productions.

Broadcast date: 3/15/2018

Just over a month ago, 17 innocent people, high school students and staff, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were gunned down and killed by a lone gunman, a former student at the school.  Dozens more were injured.